By FOX SPORTS staff
Despite drawing comparisons with Chelsea fan favourite Didier Drogba when he moved to Stamford Bridge, Lukaku has made just 10 starts for the Blues since his transfer in the summer of 2011.
The Belgian spent last season on loan at West Brom, during which he scored 17 goals in the Premier League, and was sent out again in this campaign to join Everton.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Jagielka revealed that he could sense Lukaku's hunger to do well for the Merseyside club, having been snubbed by his parent side once again.
"He’s a real presence up front. First and foremost he’s a fantastic lad, on the pitch and the training field, he’s just desperate to do well," Jagielka noted.
“Obviously he wasn’t quite getting a nod at Chelsea and that’s made him even hungrier than he was last season. He’s a fantastic acquisition for us. He’s a great player and has probably taken us up to that next level. If he can keep himself fit and keep himself confident, he could be great for us."
While the Everton skipper admitted that Lukaku was not yet a finished product, he was already impressed with what the former Anderlecht man had to offer.
"He has all the attributes to be a top-class player and he’s still quite a young boy. When you look at him and he’s so physically well developed, you expect him to be in his late 20s but he’s just a young man. It makes it quite scary to think, really," Jagielka said.
“Possibly he makes the wrong decisions from time to time, but when he gets everything right, when you look how he was against Newcastle – his assist for Ross’s goal and the fact he took his two fantastically well. He’s got everything. His vision is superb too, he can hold players off, and he’s someone the other midfielders and attacking players love to play with. Competition for places up there is really strong at the moment."